Round 5: NYC Match Preview

Concentrating for the full 80 minutes will be the focus for the Pirtek Parramatta Eels when they take on the Cronulla Sharks in Saturday afternoon's NYC encounter at Parramatta Stadium.


A significant drop off in intensity cost the team dearly in the narrow loss to the Sydney Roosters on Monday night. With the game seemingly in the bag for the blue and golds at 20-6 midway through the second half, defensive lapses resulted in a 22-20 defeat at Allianz Stadium.


However, there were plenty of positive signs to suggest the young Eels team is on the improve. Coach Andrew Webster has opted to go with an unchanged line-up for this weekend's battle with the Sharks, who posted their first win of the season against St George-Illawarra on Easter Sunday.


Mitchell Brasington looks to be enjoying the extra room to move at fullback, while Sam Gorman showed plenty of confidence at five-eighth in his return from injury and his partnership with Zach Dockar-Clay will continue to develop in coming weeks.


With the home crowd behind them the Eels will be hoping to notch their second win of the season against the Sharks in a very tightly contested Holden Cup competition.


Eels:

1. Mitchell Brasington

2. James Tuitahi

3. John Folau

4. Connor Broadhurst

5. Takai Moeakiola

6. Sam Gorman

7. Zach Dockar-Clay

8. Pauli Pauli

9. Kaysa Pritchard

10. Junior Paulo

11. Diamond Charlie

12. Fred Junior Mauala

13. Joseph Ualesi

Interchange:

14. Luke Vescio

15. Frazer Masinamua

16. Jordan Latham

17. Tepai Moeroa

18. Jordan Grant


Sharks:

1. Taylar Garrett

2. Nesi Mataitonga

3. Crete Waaka

4. Rea Pittman

5. Alan Niulesa

6. Jake Walsh

7. Alex Zarounas

8. Tokerau Raru

9. Fa'amanu Brown

10. Jack Broughton

11. Michael Morris

12. Sione Masima

13. Winstone Asotasi

Interchange:

14. Ben Chahoud

15. Masi Nona

17. Patrice Siolo

18. Kurt Dillon


Referee: Grant Atkins/Chris Sutton; Touch Judges: Jay Farlow and Jason Higgins


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